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miusoccer2010-05-08 05:35:51 +0000 #1
Valencia v Barcelona

Big match this between a Barcelona team whos form has dipped recently and a Valencia team whos form has just not been evident all season and even though Barcelona have stuttered recently I take then to come out on top today.

When these teams met earlier in the season it ended 1-1 after Barcelonas goalie got sent off, I was disgusted by Valencias performance, they basically cheated all through the game and made a laughing stock of the spirit of the game, a loss for them today would be justice.

In matches like these form tends to take a back seat, the fact that 2 big teams are meeting in itself is enough of a motivation for players on both sides and there will be no question that both teams will be up for this but that said you cannot ignore that Barcelona have had a much better season than Valencia.

A win for Barcelona is imperative, if they were to lose they may well end up losing the title, it may sound a bit of a reach to say that but a defeat today would be devastating for Barcelona, it would shatter there confidence and lead to some serious nerves within the camp, a win and they may as well send the title to the nou camp.

Valencia need a win to keep their champions league hopes alive but then they have been needing wins all season and have been found wanting and a draw would be useless to them especially if the teams above record wins, this could be a very open match.

Barcelona have a good away record and Valencia have a good home record, Barcelona do have the better form but like I said I don’t think it really matters in this game, but what does separate these teams for me is simple ability and in my opinion Barcelona simply have better players and ability and that could be the difference today.

This match could finish in a draw and to me that is more likely than a Valencia win but the most likely outcome for me is a Barcelona win.

I am happy to accept Barcelona 0 @ 1.75 ASIAN HANDICAP


Lance Knight2010-05-08 05:40:41 +0000 #2
Damn Barca won it, the one time i needed Valencia to produce a result and they didnt

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Valencia 0-2 Barcelona: FT Report

PA

VALENCIA, May 8 (Primera Liga) - Barcelona are on the brink of clinching the Primera Liga title after a performance of ruthless efficiency at the Mestella saw them to victory against Valencia.

Real Madrid may be doing all that's asked of them as they continue their pursuit of the league leaders, but as long as Barca carry on in this form then all hope for Madrid is gone.

In fact, the title could be Barca's by next weekend.

An astonishing strike from Ronaldinho put Barca in front in the 28th minute and a smart finish from Samuel Eto'o just two minutes later knocked the stuffing out of Valencia and they showed neither the willingness nor the ability to launch a comeback.

Away at the reigning champions, this was the game that Madrid were pinning their hopes on for a Barca slip-up, and Valencia's start would have encouraged them.

Pablo Aimar and Vicente, who returned to Valencia's left, were impressive in the opening stages, although Vicente dragged a shot wide before combining well with Fabio Aurelio, but the Barca defence snuffed out the danger.

Deco and Ronaldinho were equally threatening at the other end, and Xavi Hernandez and Deco linked well to find Eto'o on the edge of the area in the 13th minute but his right-footed effort was easily held by goalkeeper Andres Palop.

Valencia defender Roberto Ayala had a great chance to open the scoring in the 17th minute from a Fabio Aurelio corner. The Argentinian met the ball unmarked eight yards out, but it glanced off his head and wide.

Aimar then burst forward and laid the ball off to Marco Di Vaio but the Italian striker fired wide, while Eto'o did the same following an intelligent knock-back by attacking partner Ludovic Giuly in the 24th minute.

Another break by Aimar was stopped 25 yards out by a Rafael Marquez foul, and Fabio Aurelio's curling free-kick was narrowly off target.

That was the best Valencia could muster though and the brilliant Ronaldinho put the visitors ahead just a minute later.

Deco played the ball wide right to Juliano Belletti and he pulled his cross back to pick out Ronaldinho around 25 yards out.

From there, and with defenders in front of him, there appeared little danger, but the Brazilian took a moment to line up the shot before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner for his eighth league goal of the season.

Valencia barely had time to regroup before Ronaldinho picked the ball up in midfield and skipped between Ayala and David Albelda before finding Eto'o, who had made a run across the defence into the left channel.

The covering defender, Carlos Marchena, worried that he might bring the Cameroon international down but in doing so allowed Eto'o the room to step round him and place the ball into the far corner to take his goal tally to 23.

With the home side deflated, Barca controlled possession not just until half-time but virtually for the rest of the game.

Before the break, Palop held onto a Ronaldinho effort, while Eto'o went close after beating Ayala and Amedeo Carboni.

Then 12 minutes after the restart, Ronaldinho beat Mohamed Sissoko with a sublime step-over on the left before setting up Giuly, and although the Frenchman got a decent shot away at the second attempt, Palop was equal to it.

Valencia's best chance of the second half fell to Marchena, who headed inches wide from Aimar's 64th-minute corner, and four minutes later his miserable afternoon was complete when he was shown his second yellow card for a late lunge on Deco which could easily have resulted in a straight red.

Eto'o might have stretched Barca's advantage in the 77th minute but opted to control Oleguer's cross rather than shoot when just six yards out and the chance slipped away, while another Eto'o shot was blocked with six minutes remaining.
Juventus.Elite92010-05-08 05:48:57 +0000 #3
ALL I would like to say is that Ronaldinho proved himself again, a beauty goal but I can't remember if it was the winner or the second goal. Oh yeah Eto'o placed a beauty also, both nice goals. Barca deserved the win on this one.
Lance Knight2010-05-08 06:54:31 +0000 #4
yea there are two great players

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